We love talking the latest trends in new home construction, especially small town living new home construction! Check out the latest hot trends we’re seeing all over Central Indiana. Here’s nine of our favorites.

  • Heated Floors: From bathrooms to entries and mudrooms, heated floors are popular for keeping bare feet toasty and helping melt snow and dry boots in colder months.
  • Statement Mirrors in Bathrooms: So long, medicine cabinets. Hello, statement mirrors. Think large wood-framed beauties, backlit modern marvels and ornate vintage gems that boost style in a bathroom.
  • Surprising Backsplash and Countertop Pairings: You could play it safe with white subway tile and granite countertops, but sometimes safe is so boring. Instead, consider a different combination, such as a brick backsplash with concrete countertops (as shown here) or yellow ceramic tile with butcher block.
  • Sunrooms: A sunroom is a top dream space for many homeowners. Even those who don’t have the luxury of having — or adding — one are finding ways to carve out a special sun-drenched corner in their homes.
  • Attention-Seeking Bedrooms: A can of paint will certainly transform the look and feel of a bedroom, but to take the sanctuary to the next level, you’re going to need bolder ideas. Here, a rustic wood wall and ceiling feature warms up the otherwise contemporary room.
  • Fireplaces and Fire Features: New advances mean you can have all the ambience without the smell, pollution or hassle of traditional wood-burning fireplaces. Plus, fireplaces are making a comeback as living room focal points in lieu of the dark void of a TV screen.
  • Farmhouse Entryways: Stripping away the need for fancy flourishes or decor for decor’s sake, farmhouse style gets at the root of function. That’s why the style makes sense for mudrooms, where simplicity in storage and durability in materials are paramount.
  • Niche Appliances: Looking for a little added luxury in the kitchen? Steam ovens promise to cook food more thoroughly and healthily than microwaves; warming drawers give cooks a little wiggle room to deliver hot meals to family and guests; and induction cooktops save space and are safer for homes with young kids.
  • Deep Kitchen Drawers: Data shows that ease of storage is the top kitchen priority. And while deep drawers have been creeping up to replace lower kitchen cabinets for a while now, they’re only getting better — and more affordable. Dividers and inserts let you organize any shape or size of dish, pan or utensil under the sun, and there are even clever options for deep corner drawers, and drawers under range tops and kitchen sinks.

Visit Houzz to see all 25 design trends coming to new homes near you.

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Microbrewery growth nationwide has more than doubled in the last few years, and it doesn’t appear to be letting up anytime soon.

Indiana craft brew lovers just can’t seem to get enough. Overall beer sales may have been down last year, but craft beer sales were up more than 17%.  The boom is so large in the state of Indiana that there are state-sanctioned crowdfunding sites that skew towards the craft brewery industry.

From downtown to Irvington to the Northside suburbs, microbreweries are continuing to pop up all over Central Indiana, while more established names such as Sun King are continuing to invest and expand their operations – most recently their newly added tap room and small-batch brewery in Fishers, Indiana. The Brewers Association states that Indiana is far from tapped out. Currently 8 out of every 100 of the beers sold in the state are craft.

With such readily available avenues for raising capital and customer demand so high for unique brews, the sky is the limit for Indiana craft breweries, both growing breweries and start-ups.

Are you an up and coming craft brewer starting to map out concepts for your brewing operation? Or maybe an establish microbrewery strategically planning for future growth? With either scenario, The Dixon Construction Group is your go-to builder and general contractor with expertise in the art of brewpubs, microbreweries and tap rooms. Let our previous experience in brewery and tap room build-outs save you time and money.

We’re well-versed in the specific infrastructure requirements of the microbrewery industry, including the specialized systems required for brewing, fermenting, clarifying, tapping, packaging and barrel storage. As well as the very specific drainage, piping and electrical requirements. We work with our microbrewery clients to develop a detailed master schedule to accommodate for project milestones, major equipment delivery and needed permits. We also think ahead and proactively discuss with our clients their game plan for future expansions.

Indiana is thirsty for unique independent brews, and the Dixon crew is proud to be able to be a part of helping bring to life the structures for an ever growing Indiana industry.

Want to talk microbrew construction? Contact us today (please link this to the contact page) to talk about your project.

Some of our favorite projects have been the jobs where we were able to work with the client to highlight unique historic features during a building remodel or build-out. At times, preserving historic or period details of a structure can present challenges, but in the end provides cultural interest and historic significance to the building. By preserving historic details of a property there is a retention of history and a certain authenticity and charm that remains with the structure even if the purpose has changed.

Things to consider:

  • Do you have a local architectural restoration commission or preservation office with guidelines?
  • What materials (stone, decorative metal or wood) can be reused, recycled or repurposed?
  • Can minor modifications be made to adapt existing structures for new uses?
  • What upgrades can be made to meet modern requirements and codes, but still preserve historic details?
  • Are historic tax credits or grants available to defray project costs?

Preserving original craftsmanship details of historically significant structures can be extremely rewarding for all involved. And interestingly, often rehabilitation projects can cost less than new construction. The Dixon Construction Group has the expertise necessary to help clients maintain the period details and historic feel of their existing structure, while addressing safety concerns, updated building codes and adding desired modern conveniences.

Have a structure remodel or build-out where historic architectural restoration is important? Contact us today (please link this to the contact page) to talk about bringing your project to life, while preserving historic or period details.